In July of 2012 I had one planned surgery followed by two emergency surgeries,
during which I developed pneumonia in the ICU those 2 1/2 weeks and nearly died. My
feeble, severely disabled husband spent his last life energy saving me, caring for
me, and returning me to health in the months after. Then he died of a heart attack
in my chair in our bedroom that following October. The poem is about him giving his
life to save mine.